Taking the easy, normal road is no way to learn and experience new things. So when possible I generally try new routes when I travel.
The plan was to leave in the early morning hours from my home and head up along the N7 and then somewhere cut into the Cederberge somewhere around Citrusdal and from there see where the road takes me and head towards Pretoria. It didn’t happen exactly like that though…
As its getting closer to the end of the year and everyone is just getting busier and busier, the only time I had to catch up with a client was for breakfast the Thursday morning I wanted to start my journey. So after breakfast in Durbanville I got back on to the N1 at about 9am and decided to head up to Ceres and through the Tankwa karoo on the R355 towards Calvinia.
R355 from Ceres to Calvinia
The R355 is a 200km gravel road with no cell phone reception and no fuel stations – it’s a good road, but has many sharp rocks, with a real potential for a flat tyre. Fortunately nothing went wrong this time around and I soon reached Calvinia and headed towards Kimberly on the R63.
I wanted to skip Kimberley and head up towards Prieska, since I’ve never been through there, but since I started later than I wanted and set myself the goal to reach Pretoria in one sitting I opted for the boring, faster route through Kimberley and towards Pretoria on the N12.
All of this meant that I did achieve the goal of reaching Pretoria without having to sleep over anywhere, but it did mean reaching Pretoria only at about 2am the Friday morning. So even though I didn’t take much time on this trip to stop at new places, at least I’m able to tick of the box of driving between Cape Town and Pretoria in one go…though I’m not sure I’ll want to do it like that again – having a stop over at some random small town in the middle of no where halfway into the 1600km journey is a much better option. At least I was also able to capture some cool pics of some lightning heading through Kimberley!
Lightning on the way to Kimberley